Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by David
"Excellent, excellent teacher
I've been taking cello lessons from Bijan for about 2 years now, and his instruction has caused me take a greater appreciati
on for music on the whole. Cello is my first instrument and I was worried that, as an adult player just starting out, I'd have to hunt around for an effective teacher. I was very, very lucky in getting Bijan as my teacher. His credentials are unmatched and his talent across multiple musical styles is amazing. Any question you have, from instrument choice to deep music theory, he has an answer for. He has also been incredibly patient with me, even when I seemed frustrated and ready to give up. I probably would have if it had not been for his encouragement and help. Bijan would absolutely be my first choice for anyone in the San Diego area wanting to learn music."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by KIRAN
"Edwin is an Awesome Guitar Teacher !!
Edwin is really great and nice as a teacher. He has great skills in understanding what we know and what we want, an
d he teaches to the potential with much patience. His music ability is excellent and motivates us to learn more. He is pleasant and makes us feel much comfortable while learning. I started of to learn guitar with zero music knowledge and in no time Edwin made me feel confident about what I learn and what I could."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Megan
"Eric is an incredibly talented guitar player with a wide range of knowledge and experience that combine to make for a great guitar instructor. My 8 year
old son has been his student for the past 2 years and has progressed quickly and has an understanding of guitar that others kids his age do not. I have and do recommend Eric."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Ilsa
"We met Ms. Katie about 2 months ago. During this time my son has been very happy about going to his piano class every week and following up at home with h
is practice and assignments. Ms. Katie is very knowledgeable, and friendly. I really like the structure of her lessons. Very happy student and mom here :)"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Tom
"As a choral singer, Cassie's instruction was just what I needed to expand into solo work. Lessons are always fun but balanced with stretching and challeng
A five star rating from me ..."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Nicole
"My 14 year old daughter has been taking cello lessons with Ben for the past 3 months. He is a reliable, respectful and patient instructor. My daughter h
as made great strides under Ben's instruction. His love for music is evident in his enthusiastic, confident approach."
Hello, My name is Cort and I love to teach music. I am currently taking on more students for the following instruments: Guitar, Drums, Bass. I have successfully instructed students from age 5 - 65 and gain tremendous satisfaction from helping my students achieve their goals of learning an instrument and/or progressing to a greater ability on their instrument. I teach beginning and intermediate up to the advanced level and all aspects of music (reading, writing, theory, chords, scales, modes, composition, and most styles of music). I have been playing and performing for over 25 years. I have an
AA degree with a concentration in music education. I have studied privately with legendary jazz/fusion drummer, composer, and actor Alphonse Mouzon (drum set) and with guitar genius Julian Coryell (son of legendary jazz guitarist Larry Coryell). I have a teaching history of over 15 years and I would love the opportunity to share my knowledge with you and help you to become the best musician that you can be!
*** Lesson Details *** I take an academic approach to teaching while keeping it fun! We will work on all aspects of music like reading, writing, theory, chords, scales, ear training, rudiments, and most styles of music. I will structure lessons to coincide with my students interests, needs and abilities, from the beginner up to the advanced musician. I teach from a variety of sources to keep things interesting and have seen many of my students progress to an advanced level of musicianship which gives me great satisfaction!
*** Studio Equipment *** Guitars( several electric & acoustic guitars) - Drums- several drum sets including a child's size drum set, hand drums & percussion. Several key boards/synthesizer an upright piano and a Hammond Organ. Bass- Upright acoustic bass, electric bass guitar. Fender Twin Reverb amplifier, PA, Mixing Console. Recording- 16 track digital recorder.
*** Travel Equipment *** Same as Studio Equipment.
*** Specialties *** I can teach in most styles of music such as jazz, rock, classic rock, blues, funk, fusion, reggae, pop, etc.
Alphonse M. September 21, 2014
Cort is a great guitarist who has been taking drum lessons from me over the years - so he can teach you how to play the guitar and drums. Cort is a great drum student who has learned many styles of drumming from me. He's kind and gentle and very relaxed, which will put your mind at ease so you're not nervous. That's what I do with my students. So please check out Cort when you need lessons.
Cort S. February 13, 2013
"Cort is reliable and gives you your money's worth."
"I took bi-monthly guitar lessons from Cort for nearly 3 years. Cort is enthusiastic about music and is very knowledgeable. Though originally a drummer, he is well versed in the guitar as a teacher and player. He pays close attention to detail and really cares about his students. He has an easy going demeanor and is open to your input about what you are most interested in learning. He also has a good idea of what will help you be a complete and well-rounded player. Cort is reliable and gives you your money's worth."
I have studied, performed and taught music for over 30 years. Accordion was my first instrument at age 7 which was a great introduction to the keyboard, melody and harmony. That was followed by guitar and other stringed instruments (Banjo, Ukulele) as well as drums. I studied with great teachers in the past as well as at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I have also performed at the Cape Cod Jazz Festival, The Bakersfield Jazz Festival and numerous club dates and private functions throughout New York, New England and California.
*** Lesson Details *** Students will experience an
"original" lesson based on how they learn. Some students benefit most from a visual standpoint reading music or tab while others learn best by an auditory or hearing approach. We will explore what works best for you. Whether its blues, rock jazz or other styles, we will find the best avenue to progress toward your goals. At the same time I believe it should always be a fun thing to do!
*** Studio Equipment *** Guitars - Drums - Amplifiers - Accordion - Ukes and other assorted instruments
*** Specialties *** Depending on student interest, I teach numerous styles (Rock, Blues Jazz improvisation) by reading music or by ear. Some students are more visual while others are auditory learners. Whichever is best for the student.
David Z. July 3, 2014
In home Verified Student
Richard is a wonderful teacher. Very patient and knowledgeable
Rob H. May 7, 2014
Classical Guitar Verified Student
Professional and patient with kids!
Mr. Richard, as we call him, has been fantastic with my 7 year old son. His early recommendations maximized my son's guitar interaction and the visible (audible?) progress being made actively encourages practice at home.
Mr. Richard is able to give simplified homework that my son can understand. As opposed to "practice for 20 minutes per day", Mr. Richard was able to identify what works with my son's personality and established practice criteria that was much more effective.
Cristina I. March 11, 2014
Drum Verified Student
I learned a lot in just a few lessons. I enjoy taking lessons from Richard. He is professional, knowledgable & on time.
Xiaole, (Shirley) an active pianist, music teacher, and composer, is a member of MTAC-Music Teachers Association California. A member of Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society, she holds a PhD in Music with many awards for academic excellence from the University of Hawaii. She has more than 30 years teaching experience and has taught piano, music theory and history from beginner to advanced levels.
She studied at Shanghai Conservatory of Music and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, where she polished her artistic spectrum in piano, musicology, and composition. Her teaching uses vario
us sources, including Western classical repertoire, folk, popular music, world music, and Chinese music. She performed piano solo and chamber music in China when she was a pianist in Liaoning Provincial Opera House and on the piano faculty at Sichuan Conservatory of Music, China. She taught piano major students and played accompaniment for voice, dance and various instruments.
Currently she teaches piano and composition in her studios in Irvine, CA and serves as Chair of Senior Graduation Recital in MTAC South Coast Branch. Her students have been prizewinners in MTAC branch festivals, honor recitals, and have performed in Composers Today recitals. She has helped students develop interest and much enjoyment in music. She also can help students enter prestigious universities and become professional musicians.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are designed for individual needs and goals. Each lesson can be in flexible ways to meet the student's needs.
For example, for a beginner student, a lesson introduces the basic ideas of hand position, body posture, game-like rhythm drills and simple song-like pieces.
For elementary and intermediate students, lessons start from warm up techniques. Then they play carefully selected pieces according to the student's interest. The favorite pieces may be Christmas Carols, Kuhlau's Sonatinas and Beethoven's Fur Elise. Advanced students learn to play Mozart and Beethoven Sonatas, and Chopin's Waltz and Polonaises. Some students learn to compose their music while applying music theory elements. Some students like to learn pieces for their school events or community events (church hymns) or download pieces from internet. The teacher is willing to help students play many pieces to enrich their music life.
*** Studio Equipment *** A Grand Piano in a large room, that can seat 20 more people for a studio recital or masterclass.
An upright piano for young children or students who like to play in a comfortable setting.
A board posting studio news and music festival winners' photos.
Chairs and tables for students doing their theory worksheets or sofas for parents to observe the lesson.
Learning tools, such as writing board for music notes, flash cards, and metronome for counting rhythm. Students like to use the toy-like percussion instruments, such as castanet and shaker to clap and count beats.
Children Piano pedal.
*** Specialties *** Early childhood piano lessons for 4 to 7 year old children.
Preparing piano performance for recitals, music festivals, Classical/ Romantic Showcases, competitions for intermediate and advanced students.
Teaching composition for MTAC ‘s Composers Today Recital.
Using technology, notation software, iMovie and iTune software, and the internet.
TaleenK August 1, 2015
Ms. Shirley has been teaching my two kids (daughter 9 & son 7) for almost 2 years now. She is very dedicated and passionate about music. She challenges my children to try hard and learn good habits. She is flexible in how she approaches both of their lessons given my daughter applies more focus and discipline to her piano than my son. She tries to find ways to keep my son encouraged and interested in learning. She is very accommodating at her home and gives my children space to do their homework. I am very pleased with Ms. Shirley's knowledge, capability and dedication to teaching piano. She is a wonderful teacher.
Kathryn S. October 27, 2014
Ms. Shirley is fantastic. She is very understanding and a combinations. My son LOVES going to his piano lesson every week. She requires he work hard and pay attention. She really works hard to find good things he does and really reinforces the positive. She is always accommodating to schedule changes as well. We love having her as a teacher.
Joyce L. October 11, 2014
I have taken lessons with Xiaole for over 5 years now. She helps me to plan long term goals and to strive to play the best I can in performances and competitions. Also, she stresses forming good habits for studying for theory and practicing at home. One thing to note is that she is pretty strict. Overall, I would recommend Xiaole to anyone looking for a productive teacher.
I'm Ross and I'm a Berklee College of Music Alumni who's played and recorded around the United States. I've recorded in professional recording studios in Saint Louis, played at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas, and performed at the House of Blues. I've been fortunate enough to play with talented musicians around the country and further hone both my performance and songwriting craft.
Nothing speaks better than results. Check out my songs on Spotify at https://play.spotify.com/track/0sU4N4F95McGTV4m7d7LGA and https://play.spotify.com/track/36ALgUiadItHVjc1rkYm1v.
A few quick things I can teach
you from the beginning: how to write a good-sounding chord progression without any guesswork, why the secret to melody is rhythm, how lyrics should dictate where your song goes--not the chords, how sequences make your listener's spine tingle, and much more.
With me, you'll learn the foundation of great music. We'll study how tension and release actually works. We'll study how each musical idea sets up an expectation and how we can strategically defy those expectations to create anticipation in our listener. We'll study which chords want to move where and why. We'll study how to make a series of notes more melodic. We'll study how music really works.
If you're ready to unlock the songwriting secrets of the Beatles and the other greatest songwriters and performers of all time, contact me. I'm ready to help you meet your potential.
Amanda July 28, 2015
Ross is a wonderful instructor! I began taking lessons from him with a few years of guitar experience under my belt. He began our lesson by having me play some chords as to asses my skill level. From there we jumped right in. His passion for the instrument and easy-to-understand way of teaching got me excited about learning guitar again! I hadn't felt so motivated since I first picked up a six string. I moved from just being able to strum chords to knowing how to play scales, finger pick, and decipher some theory (not perfectly but he'll get me there). Thanks Ross!
Sarah July 20, 2015
What an experience! Learning to play guitar has been a dream of mine for ever, but I never made time to make it happen and I was nervous that I was too old to start learning. Ross showed me that there is no such thing! I was able to go at a pace that I felt was comfortable. Ross was really great and constantly keeping me motivated and cheering me on, and now I can "perform" multiple songs when I get together with my friends and family!
Meghan July 20, 2015
Ross was a wonderful guitar teacher!
He has a unique method of teaching guitar that really works. He helps you learn how to play guitar, rather than just going through the motions. I've always wanted to learn how to play some of my favorite John Mayer songs, and he was able to help me learn the 'method to the madness' that I will be able to take with me to expand my horizons even more. His teachings will stick with me forever! Not only is he an amazing mentor, but he was extremely personable and considerate! I know who i'll be seeing for any future guitar-playing needs :)
Edward is a classically trained Clarinetist and Composer currently based in Irvine, CA. Aside from his eclectic personal musical endeavors, he has over 5 years of music teaching experience to a variety of students ranging from young beginners (age 9+) to adult learners on the following subjects: CLARINET, MUSIC THEORY, MUSIC COMPOSITION, PIANO THEORY & SKILLS, SCORE READING, and MUSIC NOTATION. teaching formats include in-home private lessons, group lessons, and even university-level classroom teaching. He holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Composition from California State University
, Long Beach and California Institute of the Arts respectively.
Kozue July 26, 2015
I totally echo Cameron’s comment about Ed. He helped me for a music theory class at California Institute of the Arts in 2014, and he was such an awesome TA. He is really good at explaining concepts. I didn't have any Western music training before, and I am sure without his weekly support, I wouldn't have survived the class. Also he is so patient and never made me feel bad or embarrassed about being confused with Western theory. He is the person for me to contact if any music questions come up.
Marc (mlowen at calarts.edu) July 26, 2015
Ed was my teaching assistant for a sprawling, difficult theory course I teach at CalArts. He was fantastically successful at helping a diverse group of students understand not only the concepts but how they could be applied in a variety of musical contexts. He is patient and thoughtful. I recommend him very, very highly!
Cameron July 26, 2015
Music Theory ·
Edward tutored me during my Graduate Theory Review class at California Institute of the Arts, spring semester 2015. He was knowledgeable, patient, and attentive. I was embarrassed at how much help I needed during the semester, but during our tutoring sessions, Edward made me feel comfortable asking for whatever help was necessary. His patience is remarkable. Edward's ability to explain theoretical applications in simple terms enabled me to survive the course.
I am very pleased to highly recommend Edward for any/all teaching positions regarding music theory or instruction, musical performances, and/or concert production.
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